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where her daughter was murdered. today, that house, and the rest still stand. >>what would you like to happen to this house? >>i want a medicine man to go in there and pray, you know and let her go and all that. let her spirit go, because i feel like she's still in there.
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: hey good morning everybody. the morning after the great inaugural ceremony here yesterday in washington, d.c. great to see you today on this tuesday, january 22nd. what a glorious day it was. a fabulous, vericism, a very solemn inaugural ceremony on the west steps of the united states capitol. a powerful inaugural address by president obama. real liberal manifesto. great music by james taylor and kelly clarkson and of course
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beyonce. a phenomenal, i thought very moving poem by richard blanco and then the colorful inaugural parade and the inaugural balls last night. i gotta tell you the ceremony kept going on and on and it continues today with a prayer service at the national cathedral. we'll tell you all about it. this glorious day for all americans to celebrate the second inaugural of president obama. and a day of renewal for our american democracy. that's what we'll get into today with all of our guests and with you. first, here she is with today's current news update, we get all of the latest, kelly clarkson -- right. how about lisa ferguson out in los angeles. good morning lisa. >> good morning. i'll take kelly clarkson. one more celebration to mark the president's inauguration today. at 9:00 tonight, president obama, the first lady and the bidens will attend the staff inaugural ball at the walter e.
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washington convention center in d.c. it is the last in a long series of galas and celebrations. last night d.c. held two inaugural balls in the convention center. first up was the commanders in chief ball. and then the main inaugural ball which spanned every single hall of two separate floors in the convention center. brad paisley performed last night and the president and first lady danced to al green's let's stay together. today, it is back to work for president obama. plenty on his to do list including the debt ceiling immigration reform and gun control. he made clear yesterday he will be tying his legacy to lgbt rights. yesterday morning in one of the biggest speeches of his career, he referred to our gay brothers and sisters. it is first time any president has been this supportive of lgbt rights. although he's made big strides in the arena he still has a long way to go. this march, the supreme court will be taking up the issue of
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to wrap up all of the ceremony yesterday. all of the celebration. tell you all about it and get your take on what you thought of the president's powerful speech yesterday. give us a call at 1-866-55-press. wherever you happen to be. i know if you weren't here in washington, d.c. out on the mall -- they said there would be a small crowd. the mall filled up yesterday. they had to close the mall and send people to alternative locations to watch on the jumbo screens. huge crowd here. it was a glorious day. it was a cold and chilly day. your take at 1-866-55-press. or talk to us on twitter at bpshow on facebook, facebook.com/billpressshow. and we had the whole crew here. peter ogborn and cyprian bowlding. >> hi, bill, how you doing? we were down on the scene. dan henning and phil backert
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here backing us up. >> good morning. >> bill: sending out the photos. hope they all got out there yesterday. we had a great perch. and it was -- it was a lot of fun. >> it was a wild time. >> bill: it really was. great ceremony. peter and i -- we could have spit on the president. >> those photos showed how close you were. i was amazed. >> we were very, very close. >> bill: we were as close as john mccain was, you know, maybe a little farther back. >> you know -- >> bill: we didn't have a seat like he did on the podium but just beyond that was our media riser. >> we were on the media riser. if you look straight out, you would see the president sort of at the podium but between us and the president that's where all of the senators were sitting. so -- >> bill: at least half of them. >> yeah, but you saw a lot of senators, a lot of familiar faces. >> bill: right in front of the senators the president first
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lady the three daughters and then right across from them, the supreme court justices. >> i had a great eye line directly with scalia's scowl during the whole ceremony. with that hat he had on. >> bill: sort of like a papal hat. >> it was a weird hat. >> bill: breyer had a french dealey thing on. >> bill: i had a direct line looking at clarence tommance. he slept -- thomas. he slept through the whole thing. there is a great photograph in "the new york times," a wide-angle photograph of -- you don't call it -- the platform with all of the dignitaries seated there. you never never except that inaugural ceremony, see everybody who's anybody in american public life, you know. i mean at least in the world of politics. they're all there. you see the cabinet.
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you see the joint chiefs. the supreme court. the senate. the house. the president. >> former president. >> bill: the former presidents. former senators. newt gingrich and his wife were on stage. tom daschle. linda daschle there on stage. >> they say washington, d.c. is the oscars. it was like the oscars. >> bill: the entertainment was great. i'm a huge james taylor fan. just standing there with that acoustic guitar, right and singing "america the beautiful," it was so moving. ♪ america ♪ ♪ america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪
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>> i can't imagine how hard it was to play guitar with your bare hands when it was that cold outside. >> bill: he must have had the gloves on right up until. because the marine band and there were big moments of big music. play a little beyonce later. it was that simple -- acoustic guitar. it was great. we got lots to talk about. leo gerard, president of the steelworkers is in town. he will be here a little bit later in studio. we'll talk to reporters from "huffington post" and politico and of course think progress, igor volsky here as he is every tuesday. but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> check of other headlines making news on this tuesday. >> bill: headlines? >> i can skip this if you want. >> give him the option. >> the wife of new new england patriots player is not happy about her husband's team losing to the baltimore ravens. it was not just elvis tom. it was anna burns welker, wife
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of wes welker. she took to facebook saying she was proud of her husband's game but that everyone should go to ravens' player ray lewis's wikipedia's page. he has six wives. what a hall of fame player and true role model she wrote. she later had to -- >> by the way, all of those things true. >> well, except for the four wives part. she had to later release a statement apologizing for the post. "usa today" did fact check it say ray lewis has in fact never been married. >> he does have kids from that many mothers. he's never married them. ray lewis not a nice guy but if you're going to lose, lose with some dignity. >> she did apologize sort of. >> bill: he's retiring, too right? >> you can't take it away. ray lewis has done some bad bad things. but you lost. be quiet and lose.
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>> prince harry is returning to great britain this week after a 20-week deployment with nato forces in afghanistan. he spoke with reporters before leaving the country about being on the front lines taking down taliban fighters as an appear chach -- apache helicopter gunner. was asked about his las vegas nudity. he said he let his family down and himself down. it was too much army and not enough prince. >> bill: too much brat and not enough prince. bragging about killing taliban fighters. >> a funny moment yesterday when president obama was signing the nomination papers for his new cabinet picks. as is tradition, he was using several different pens and when senator harry reid went to pick up one as a mow moan toe, he asked him to put it down. he said here, he took a pen out from his jacket pocket and gave
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it to his senate majority leader and went off to lunch. >> bill: i'm sure harry has a collection of pens he's stolen from presidents. i don't know where to start. yesterday, as we said, just being up there so close and being part of that, in effect, being part of that ceremony. it was so exciting to be there. and to see it all unfolded. such a simple ceremony. very direct. not like a lot of royalty. people aren't dressed up in robes and that kind of stuff. and yet so sort of reflecting if you will, the common man. sense of who we are as americans was that -- with the whole ceremony. and it all led up to, of course, the most important part, the taking of the oath of office by the president given again by chief justice john roberts.
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>> i barack obama does solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations mr. president. >> bill: the president later pointed out that that oath, with all of its power is very similar to the oath that every member of the united states military takes. he's saying i'm just like one of you. i take an oath to do my job. and then the ceremony proceeded. the richard blanco, the poet read an extraordinary poem. want to get to the president's speech next. not forgetting that. vice president taking the oath of office ahead of time given by sonia sotomayor. and the -- kelly clarkson doing
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a beautiful job. so did the choirs that sang. at the very end everybody was wondering what happened to the star-spangled banner. i thought it came at the beginning. it came at the very end. beyonce who is -- okay, i know i sound like brent musburger but she is one extraordinarily beautiful woman. >> she is stunning. >> bill: with a mane of hair. just incredible. she belted out the star-spangled banner. one of the best i've ever heard. ♪ and the rockets' red glare ♪ ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ >> i'm not a huge beyonce fan
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but boy she nailed that. >> bill: you could just hear that from where we were going all the way down the mall. >> you didn't really even need the speakers. >> bill: when you looked down the mall, by the way just to see that sea of humanity from the capitol all the way to the washington monument and the middle of the ceremony, the reporter from abc said hey come here, look at this. he showed me on the screen and the national park service was announcing the national mall is closed. cannot take anymore people. they were directing people to other sites to watch the ceremony. then came the president's speech. i gotta tell you you know, i don't think his first inaugural speech was -- i don't really remember anything he said. we'll remember that one yesterday. it was so powerful. and what the president really gave i think was a liberal manifesto. it showed the world what liberals and progressives are all about and the president started out by saying you know, what we believe -- we take the
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constitution seriously. >> obama: we the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal. it is the star that guides us still. >> bill: that is it. all americans created equal. so the president says now it is our job -- this is a key sentence i think this really challenges those conservatives who are opposing everything. the president said we can't just repeat those words. it is our job to take those words and to translate them into reality for our times. here's hoy put it. right at the top of the speech. >> obama: today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. for history tells us that while
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these truths may be self-evident, they've never been self-executing. that while freedom is a gift from god it must be secured by his people here on earth. >> bill: so we've got to do it. we have to make that bridge between those words and the reality of today. and then the president -- this was a direct challenge to people like paul ryan and john boehner and mitch mcconnell. he said yeah, you guys want to sit around, you know, and look at your navals and have this on-going debate about what the role of government and he said that's not -- we can have that little debate but that's no substitute for action. >> obama: progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time. but it does require us to act in our time. >> bill: that's it. that was it. that's what that -- address
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yesterday, i started to call a sermon really was. was all about. the president says that is our role. that's what we believe. if we really believe in the constitution, then he went on, we'll talk more about this. we've got to do something. about poverty. we have to do something about the disadvantaged. we have to do something about seniors and social security and medicare and medicaid. we've got to do something about gay rights. the first time any president's ever mentioned that. he came out and said if we really believe in that constitution, we shouldn't be debating gay rights because the constitution says we're all equal. and that includes the right to love each other and have that love be recognized. same-sex marriage in an inaugural address and the president says that includes the need to do something about climate change. because you cannot enjoy all of these liberties and these opportunities in this country if we're destroying the planet.
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and not protecting ourselves. and the president who believes in the constitution, we have to protect our kids from gun violence. it was all in there. it was all rooted in the constitution. it is what the mission of a liberal and progressive is all about. made me proud to be a liberal again. coming from barack obama didn't expect it. boy, it was really powerful. 1-866-55-press. i think this will go down as one of the greatest inaugural addresses of all-time. 1-866-55-press. i encourage you to read it. print it out read it. keep it. read it over and over again. let's talk about it here on the "full court press." >> announcer: this is the "full court press." the "bill press show." live on your radio and on current tv.
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alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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>> announcer: this is the bim press show. >> bill: you got it. 26 minutes after the hour here. the morning after. president obama's second big inauguration ceremony. peter, what's going on? >> we're tweeting at bpshow at bp show on twitter. let us know what you thought of the inauguration speech there. by the way if you didn't get a chance to see it, we sent out a link to the full remarks. in you want to watch the whole speech, go to bpshow. don griffith says p.o.t.u.s.' speech yesterday was the beginning of him telling the g.o.p. he's done with them obstructing him at every turn. >> bill: james lankford says if he'll only back up those words are legislation especially on climate crisis, climate change being a specific part of
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the speech. lynn says i'm holding my head higher today after watching that. >> bill: amen. the president said that this was like a slap at paul ryan. when he said supporting -- keeping social security and medicare and medicaid intact and making it stronger does not make us a nation of takers. it means we are actually helping the people that we ought to be helping as americans again reflecting the constitution and that call for equality of all americans. mike is up in anchorage alaska. hey, mike, what do you say? >> caller: i think -- i volunteered for the campaign for a year and a half and it was very -- i was very, very proud. we listened to part of it and i listened to the rest of it later on. i didn't realize he -- he was
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right on point to all of that stuff. people need to get online. organize for action, our new organization. push the president and push congress to cooperate with this president. i think he's got a good start and i think we have a good agent. >> bill: excellent point. dana from houston. hello. good morning. >> caller: good morning. good morning paul and peter. i wanted to say that there was a call in response to the question of who is we the people. the president's line item concerns who we the people is. for those who didn't get it in 2012 and they want to take a chance in 2014, i'm believing their constituents are included in we who the people are. think about it whether or not your neighbor who are included. >> bill: yes. excellent point dana. absolutely.
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we the people. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." right have, about the "heavy hand of government" ... i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really? you're going to lay people off because now the government is going to help you fund your healthcare. really? i want to have those conversations, not to be confrontational, but to understand what the other side is saying, and i'd like to arm our viewers with the ability to argue with their conservative uncle joe over the dinner table.
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>> announcer: chatting with you live at current.com/billpress. this is the "bill press show" live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: 33 minutes after the hour on a tuesday january 22nd. morning after president obama takes the oath of office for the second time. actually, it was the fourth time he's taken the oath of office. yesterday, the ceremonial oath taking of course. we are the "full court press." we're brought to you today by the international association of machinists. the good men and women of the
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machinists union sharpening america's edge on the global economy. you bet. for more information, you can go to their web site under president tom buffenbarger. go iam.org. out there following the inaugural ceremony yesterday particularly the president's speech with a whole slew of articles about the different themes that he hit, of course, our friends at think progress. the deputy editor of think progress igor volsky here for his tuesday appearance on the "full court press." >> good morning, good morning. >> bill: good to see you. i know you had to get up early to come here this morning but not as early as did you to go to the inaugural ceremony. >> waking up at 3:00, getting there at 4:00 and being in my seat by 7:00. it was all worth it. >> that's a long time to wait, man. >> what did you do from 7:00 to 11:55? >> a lot of words with friends
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listened to sirius as i do. a lot of dancing also to keep warm because it was a little chilly. not as chilly as today but it was still kind of cold. >> bill: with the ceremony yesterday, the sun went down and you would think it would like warm up. no, it kept getting colder and colder. by the end of the ceremony, i was really feeling it. >> the thing is you're just sitting there or standing there for hours. so there's no -- you're not moving. your joints start to lock up. you don't generate any body heat. it is just -- you're just in a funk. >> have to think warm thoughts. >> bill: yeah. we talked yesterday morning and people were asking what do you think the president's going to say and everything. i must admit i expected sort of a -- obama never gives a bad speech but a so-so speech. i was stunned by the power of his inaugural address yesterday. it was sort of like saying i'm a liberal and i'm proud of it. here's who we are and here's what we believe. >> we spend a lot of time at the center for american progress
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talking about what it means to be a progressive laying out a progressive vision. look back to history for other presidents, really laid out their vision of government. you know, look no further. this was a speech, a president who was sure of where he stood. gone was the 2009 let's all come together and work together. he learned in his first term you can say that but it ain't gonna happen with this congress. so he laid out a progressive vision of government finally and i think in the state of the union, he's going to back that up with action and specifics. >> bill: what i loved about it, i've said this. this is barack obama saying it. we progressives really do take the constitution seriously. i mean baloney these red right-wingers and nut jobs who say oh no, let's go back to the constitution. let's be loyal to the constitution. president obama said yeah, we are loyal to the constitution because we take those words that
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all americans are created equal and we know that our job is to make sure that that's real. >> it actually means something. >> bill: that it means something in our times today. which again was sort of a slap at justice scalia who's this strict interpretation -- we have to keep the constitution -- the constitution means today what it meant back in 1787. no, it doesn't. it means what it means today. >> that's right. >> bill: on one area and particularly i was stunned and so happy that the president went there. he mentioned stonewall in the same sentence as selma then he talked about gay rights. >> obama: our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. [ cheers & applause ] for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> bill: i mean the president in an inaugural address endorsing same-sex marriage, who would have thunk?
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>> so historic. did it twice as you point out the connection between selma and stone will of wall is in itself historic. coming from african-american president, in some circles controversial, this idea is the gay struggle, the lgbt struggle for equality is it the next civil rights movement. he linked those two together. then of course moving on and mentioning marriage equality for all americans. a position he came to just several months ago. really really powerful stuff. >> bill: huge reaction from the crowd. the president talked about climate change. didn't do much about it. talked about it when he was running in 2008. didn't do much about it in his first term. but he spent more time, more sentences talking about it. about climate change than any other single issue. do we have that? >> obama: we will respond to the threat of climate change. knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and
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future generations. [ cheers & applause ] >> bill: the president also in one of those sentences took it back to the bible and said we have a god-given mandate to -- which we do in genesis one and genesis 3 to preserve our planet and take care of our planet. >> it really sounded like he was trying to split off the republican coalition. get the practical republicans some of the evangelicals who subscribe to that belief that god gave us the planet, we must now take care of it. some of the others on marriage equality and kind of lop them off of this ideological social conservatism and maybe build a coalition moving forward, trying to put some of the policy specifics in action. i think we talked a lot about this being a progressive address. very liberal address. it was. but you look at some of the reactions even from some of the republicans, people like newt gingrich, orrin hatch saying this was a good speech. this was an american speech.
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of course, that doesn't mean they're going to back his agenda. but i think for some of the conservatives listening around the country that resonated with them as well. >> bill: i loved it when he said again, i was looking for james inhofe. i don't know whether he was there. when he said, peter remember, we're not going to -- these people who deny the science right. we're not gonna -- how can you -- i forget how he phrased it. people still deny but look at the fires and look at the tornadoes and look at the storms and look at hurricanes -- he didn't say sandy. that's what he was talking about >> people laughed in my section when he said people deny the science. >> there is a noticeable shift in the way he communicates since the election, i think. not just in this speech but in the way he talked about gun control last week. it is a very -- i mean he has really taken this mandate we have a debate over whether or not the president has a mandate. he knows the people are behind him. he knows that the people realize that whatever he wants to get
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done is met with so much obstructionism that he's -- he's on top here. he can say where he wants to go and the people are with him. >> progressives have been saying for a long time, regardless of what he says, there is still going to be op sition. they're still going to view him as a socialist. he satisfies no one on the opposition to say let's all hold hands. they'll still find a problem with that sentiment. >> bill: yeah, right. i thought was really remarkable when he stood up and said again linking it to the constitution, linking it to our responsibilities to make sure that that promised equality actually is real in our day and time, he talked about those who -- particularly the disadvantaged, those who need some help, seniors on medicare, social security, medicaid, he said keeping the programs safe for them does not make us a
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nation of takers. i mean that was a slap, right? right at mitt romney and the 47% as you've reported. and right at paul ryan. >> i wanted them to have a shot of paul ryan to see his reaction. >> we talk about our favorite moment from the speech yesterday. my favorite moment was i had a pretty good line of sight to michele bachmann. she just had this sour look at her face throughout the whole speech. i was thinking good! good! i hope this hurts! >> bill: that was. that whole idea, right which republicans were putting out there during the campaign. that there are takers and there are makers. 47% are the makers and everybody else -- the 47% are the takers. >> you'll remember during the first debate, he got a lot of criticism for not addressing the 47%. this is when he did. this is when he kind of got the last word in that debate. >> bill: absolutely.
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no. very powerful moment. 1-866-55-press. by the way while all of us were watching, i'll take your calls when we come back with igor volsky from think progress. while all of us were watching the inaugural ceremony, the virginia legislature was going in the opposite direction. the president talked about the importance of the right to vote, trying to make it -- well, not such an equal vote when it comes to legislative districts in virginia. we'll tell you all about that when we come back here on today's "full court press." >> announcer: this is the "full court press." the "bill press show." live on your radio and on current tv. coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say
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>> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." >> bill: you got it. 13 minutes before the top of the hour. get your comments, take your calls at igor volsky here from think progress talking about the great day yesterday. but first as the president indicated, a lot of people yesterday -- the president indicated a lot of people still having a hard time in this continuing economic -- hard economic times. if you are looking to earn some extra money from home each month, here's something you ought to consider. incomeathome.com. they're america's leading work from home business. doing business in over 80 countries today and offering you an opportunity you can take advantage of no matter your age education or experience. you can literally earn money on your own computer from your own kitchen table 24/7.
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constitution. took back the flag. took back the constitution. >> it is rare we hear a satisfied joey from chicago. >> bill: well, you know. it was a big day. >> did he something if he pleased joey from chicago. >> bill: he did. that was the speech i think liberals have been waiting for from president obama for a long time. >> i think really reclaiming the term "liberal." it got beat up. >> bill: and what it is all about. >> bill: i call it the liberal manifesto. >> not only are we tweeting at bpshow. we're taking your comments at current.com. broken constitution says it is very sad to me that we've regressed to the point it is necessary in one of the most important speeches a president will give to have to address how divided we are and how far we have to go just to break even let alone progress. that says a lot about the republicans. >> bill: it did. the president basically said you
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guys you're out of sync. he talked about the need for us to act. we have to act on these issues. we have to act on poverty. act on climate change. act on gay rights. act on protecting social security and medicare. this argument about the proper role of government, okay, can't get in the way of getting things done. now tell us about virginia. >> well, you know, we've heard a lot about republicans really bragging about gerrymandering and having control of all of the state legislatures that would then redraw the lines to ensure republican victories even if republicans have a minority of the popular vote. last week, we had a report from a republican group saying the only reason we won the house we kept control of the house is because of gerrymandering in 2010. joe scarborough on "meet the press" confirmed it. said it is the only reason we won. we got less votes than democrats as a whole. but still have control because of gerrymandering.
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so yesterday during the inauguration when the leader in the senate, the democratic leader in the senate in virginia was attending the inauguration, civil rights leader, attending the inauguration, the republicans in virginia, in the senate passed through a new gerrymandering bill that could eliminate as many as one seat. one senate seat, one democratic seat and strengthen their hold over that state. the house of delegates, it is already fully republican. that's where the bill moves to next. but really stunning that under the cover of the inauguration, they would sneak through yet another effort to try to rig the election. >> bill: so they took advantage of this guy being out of town to call a special session and pass -- this sounds like what happened in -- was it indiana? michigan with the right to work. >> that's right.
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last-minute push. it is what you're seeing here. passed within hours of being introduced. >> bill: and so this will redraw the lines making sure that the virginia state senate is more likely to be republican because the house of delegates controlled by republicans which will support it and then the governor will definitely -- >> of course. 2016 likely presidential contender. it is a bill -- you see this kind of all over the country. now republicans saying the electorate has changed. the obama coalition held. so how do we respond. part of the response they've come up with is this gerrymanders but also proportional electorate vote allocation by congressional district and because the congressional districts are already so gerrymandered, if this passes in the battleground states, you can have a situation where a democratic president wins the popular vote but loses the electoral vote because of the way they can split these
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things up. >> bill: right. you know, we've talked a lot about the ceremony yesterday about the parade. about the balls last night. we haven't really mentioned michelle obama. boy, she looked dynamite. >> what a coat. >> bill: and that dress she had -- that designer outfit. you gotta admit she was strikingly beautiful i thought yesterday. she is anyhow. >> she was great. >> bill: the president and the first lady got out of the limo twice, right? walked a little bit on pennsylvania avenue, up from freedom plaza. and then once they had made that lig dogleg in front of -- that little dogleg in front of the grill, then they got out again and walked that last block. >> joe biden meanwhile ran through the streets of washington, d.c. like a man possessed. it was hilarious. >> bill: did he.
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he was going from side to side. driving the secret service crazy. >> doing the double barrel pointing at everybody. he thought he was a rock star yesterday. >> bill: he's having a good time. good for him. igor, great moment. glad you were there in the crowd as well. pretty far up-front. >> good seats. can't complain. >> bill: thanks so much for coming in. thanks for your good work as always. we'll be back and take another look at some of your e-mails comments and what we're finding on facebook. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." destined to take them over.
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>> announcer: taking your e-mails on any topic at any time. this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: all right. on this tuesday january 22nd, lot of you watching the inaugural ceremony yesterday and commenting on twitter. peter? >> at bpshow on twitter bill w asks does anyone believe p.o.t.u.s.'s address got through to the g.o.p. obstructionists? we can only hope. dw17176 says i totally's gree with igor. i'm a proud liberal. was given a bad name for so long. sheila says i didn't see mitt romney. was he there? the answer is no. he was not. >> bill: he was not there. former president bush was not there, george w. by the way. he said that he had to stay with his dad. his dad is very, very -- declining fast. he thought it was important to stay in houston.
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: hey, good morning everybody. what do you say, january 22nd. so good to see you today. this day after a glorious inaugural day yesterday here in washington, d.c. indeed, it was a glorious day. starting out with that great inaugural ceremony at the capitol. a very powerful inaugural address by president obama. a lot more -- a lot more meat and lot more fire in that than people expected.
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then great music provided by james taylor and kelly clarkson and beyonce. very colorful inaugural parade.% two official inaugural balls last night. and today a big day of prayer. a ceremony at the national cathedral. we continue to celebrate here this glorious day when all americans can celebrate the president's second term and also a great day of renewal for our american democracy. we got it covered from every angle. we'll take your calls as well. but first we take time out here. let's get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson standing by out in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill, good morning everyone. some are hailing president obama's inauguration speech as an offense for liberalism but republicans are saying he didn't do enough to bring the two parties together. john mccain said he wanted to see some more outreach from the president. and senator thune said he did
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not extend olive branches to the g.o.p. undoubtly, republicans aren't happy with the liberal agenda outlined by the president. yesterday, obama touched on some big controversial topics including gay rights, income equality, climate change and gun control. and now republicans fear with obama high on the polls and securely in the oval office, the country could take a strong turn to the left. so what is on obama's agenda for his second term? we know he's promised gun control and immigration reform will take top priorities in the coming months. based off yesterday's speech, it seems he is ready to readdress climate change. now the question is how. still trying to get bills through congress and the u.s. has a long way to go in bringing down carbon levels and convincing countries like china to do the same. climate change activists say the president has a few things up his sleeve. he can go ahead with strict
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e.p.a. regulations offer more incentives for green energy and he could kill the keystone pipeline. more next. it. really? you're going to lay people off because now the government is going to help you fund your healthcare. really? i want to have those conversations, not to be confrontational, but to understand what the other side is saying, and i'd like to arm our viewers with the ability to argue with their conservative uncle joe over the dinner table.
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>> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: president obama tells republicans we don't have to settle all the debates about the proper role of government. we just gotta get something done! now! were they listening? hello, everybody. good to see you today. it is tuesday, january 22nd. morning of a the big day here in washington, d.c. great inaugural ceremony yesterday. very colorful inaugural parade. hope you were able to catch all
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of it. tell us what you thought about it this morning here on our "full court press." give us a call at 1-866-55-press. we were there ef minute of it. up close and enjoying it just like all americans. you can follow us on twitter too, at 1-866-55-press. well maybe not all americans. on twitter at bpshow. and on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. we got the whole team here this morning. peter ogborn and dan henning. >> hey hey. >> good morning. >> bill: phil backert has the phones. cyprian bowlding back from the inaugural ceremony yesterday to pick up again with video cam. and he's here so often he's almost a member of team press. arthur delaney from "huffington post" covering particularly economic issues for huff po. nice to see you. >> great to see you. >> bill: i looked out on the mall yesterday. i was looking for you.
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i didn't see you in the crowd. were you there? >> i covered it from headquarters. >> arthur and i were talking yesterday about how we both covered it from headquarters meaning the couch. it was wonderful. >> i was in touch with my team on the ground. somebody has to coordinate. [ laughter ] >> that's one way to do it. >> bill: you know, the ceremonies continued into the wee hours i guess. two official balls last night. the military ball and the great big 40,000 people inaugural ball. the president and the vice president both went to both balls and they both danced -- >> they sort of danced. they swayed. >> bill: they weren't like cutting up the floor like "dancing with the stars." they swayed. joe biden indicated he was even nervous about doing that. here he is. >> i would rather actually be a
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helicopter with one of you heading somewhere into action because i'm going to dance in front of all of you and make a fool of myself. >> bill: biden had a big day yesterday. >> he can make a fool of himself a lot of different ways, not just dancing. >> that was the most entertaining thing to watch him on the parade route. he was running back and forth shaking hands. >> bill: he was driving the secret service crazy. >> screaming at al roker. >> he cut it short. he ran over to jamie foxx to shake his hand before they were done singing. it is embarrassing dancing in front of people when you're a terrible dancer. not that i know from experience. >> bill: but he did. he had a good day yesterday. it was fun. i noticed -- i was watching, happened to be watching the parade when the group from delaware went by. glad to see. the president's glad to see his home staters too from hawaii.
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the president you notice him chewing that nicorette gum man. >> i was wondering how does he deal with this being up in the center for hours and hours and sure enough, toward the end he was chewing on something. i think that's a safe bet. >> it looked like he was waiting for results up there. >> they don't bring you a drink or anything other than bottled water. >> bill: i was wondering that, too. >> he could have talked to john boehner. i'm sure he had a flask in his jacket pocket. >> bill: we were at the dinner last night with some friends at a favorite little place, about banana cafe and here comes john boehner. doesn't go into banana cafe. he goes into -- alberto the republican hangout next door. orange sweater on. >> you mean his face? >> bill: sweater matched his face. >> oh, okay. >> bill: i did notice, i
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checked. he does not have the d.c. license plate no taxation without representation on his suv. >> oh, his security detail. it probably has virginia plates. >> bill: they're actually d.c. plates. >> you have to go to some trouble to get the one without taxation for representation. >> bill: you have to say i don't want it. because otherwise it comes with it. now the president of course has it on his limo. but not john boehner which in itself is a statement. >> well, the presidential limo is such a bold statement. the license plate. it is like let -- it is less than a bumper sticker. >> bill: well, arthur -- >> it is symbolic. i get the symbolism. >> i want my rights, bill. >> if you believe in it, then do something about it. >> watching the parade was one giant advertisement for the d.c. government and cadillac. that camera was on that limo for so long. it was cool. >> bill: don't try to go out
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and buy one like it. arthur delaney is here for this half hour. we'll be joined by leo gerard, the president of the steelworker's union. good friend of ours. great supporter of the program a little bit later. in the next hour, kelly eleveld and reid epstein from politico, what a line-up. but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> similar headlines making news on this tuesday. all eyes on michelle obama as she took to the dance floor at the inaugural balls last night in a red jason wu dress. it is a big accomplishment for the designer who also made her gown four years ago. it is the first time since nancy reagan that a first lady chose the same designer for both inaugurations. the shimmery ruby halter gown was sleeveless showcasing her famous biceps. "usa today" reports jason wu's web site crashed after people started looking for the dress. >> bill: she looked fabulous last night and also during the inaugural ceremony. >> a baltimore ravens player let
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it out about how he really feels about the new england patriots after beating them in the afc championship. yahoo news was in the locker room when linebacker thugs went on a profanity laced tirade telling them to have fun at the pro bowl, arrogant fs. he went on to say they're the most arrogant ps in the world starting with belichick -- >> that could mean a lot of different things. >> i'm not sure i can say it. >> bill: people. >> that's it. and what that is somewhat -- now when he went after belichick it was somewhat warranted he refused a traditional post-game interview with cbs sports which upset a lot of people. >> is it not traditional for him to refuse interviews at this point? >> it is true. big babies. >> bill: ravens and patriots. not a lot of love loss.
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>> they hate each other. junkyard dogs. >> super bowl tickets have gone on sale for the new orleans match-up february 3rd between the 49ers and ravens while official prices listed by the nfl go from $850 to $1250 for seats not already bought by sponsors and season ticket holders going much more on the resale market now up to $3100 each on average. the cheapest nosebleeds you can get for $2,000. >> bill: i'm sorry. i don't like football that much. >> i'll cover that one from headquarters. >> having been to a super bowl, don't ever pay any money. it is an awful experience. the crowd is insane. it is filled with people who are not football fans. it is filled with corporate sponsors and things like that. you have a much better time at home. invite some friends over and drink too much and you'll have a
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better time. >> bill: a lot in the president's speech yesterday that i found really remarkable. first of all, just the whole tenor of it. i mean i've always -- i've written a lot about and talked a lot about as a lifelong liberal. if anybody had any doubts, i think that speech yesterday laid it out there. >> that's why people are reacting to it so strongly because it is as if he's no longer pretending, seeking compromise about all else. and to really care about deficit reduction. no he said social security, medicare income inequality, gay rights environmentalism, everything. >> bill: i think he even used the phrase, didn't he, income inequality. >> he didn't use the phrase but he made it very clear. he used an interesting phrase. he said america can't thrive
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when -- i can't remember precisely. the shrinking few. taking all of the money. >> bill: right. the one line i think -- so his general theme was the constitution says we are all created equal and we all as americans, right. our liberal mission is to make sure -- to make the bridge between that dream and today's reality. and we have to do so in many different -- that's why he -- he basically said if you believe in the constitution, you have to support gay rights today right? if you believe in the constitution, you have to support social security and medicare and medicaid and helping the disadvantaged and if you believe in the constitution, you have to be part of the effort to erase poverty in this country. something you write a lot about. here's how the president put it with a remarkable imagery that
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we'll all remember from that speech. >> obama: we are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else because she is an american. she is free. and she is equal not just in the eyes of god but also in our own. [ applause ] >> bill: talk about priorities right? >> this was the anecdote that he prefaced with the bits about income inequality. it is something he says in every big speech. the promise of the american dream is under threat that if you work hard and you're a decent person, you can have a good life. i think he took it a step further by saying that's imperilled by the shrinking few taking all of the money and the middle class -- >> bill: we the people. he kept repeating that phrase. we the people. we the people. understand our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.
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so -- >> that's class warfare. brazen. >> bill: what if mitt romney -- can you imagine mitt romney ever saying any of that? >> a lot of people were imagining what a romney inauguration would have looked like. you would have had donald trump up there. koch brothers. >> bill: donald trump on stage. karl rove on stage. but you know, romney's response to that, he would have talked about the 47% again. the makers and the takers. that's another thing where the president said you know, that supporting social security and medicare medicaid does not make us a nation of takers. that was a slap at paul ryan. >> oh, for sure! direct slap at paul ryan who, of course, was there. unlike many other prominent republicans. then he took it a step further. he said these programs don't zap our freedom. they give us freedom.
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i think that's a strong argument and one that liberals ought to make because here's the idea. before we had social security, what did you do when you got old and you were poor? you either lived with your children or you went to a poorhouse. and these programs give you the freedom to not have to -- the burden of taking care of your parents. when they get old. >> bill: so this was really -- i think the president's challenge about this is who i am and this is who we ought to be as a people. he didn't say it. but basically saying the progressive tradition the liberal tradition is what this country is all about. and i loved also when he said dan, we've got that cut about the role of government, right? >> obama: progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all-time. but it does require us to act in our time.
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>> bill: yeah. these guys who want to just argue endlessly about what's the proper role of government, the president says come on. let's get something done, right? >> but at the same time he is -- affirming what he does believe is the proper role of government. in a more honest way than we've become accustomed to. >> bill: good point. >> the equivalent for it on the republican side would be almost like what paul ryan has said in the past but didn't say during the campaign. where you say that these programs that are financed with tax revenue and then give money to people zap economic freedom. instead, it's always -- we're arguing about deficits and spending as a proxy for what is the real argument. that's what obama stopped doing in his speech. >> bill: i guess the question is when we come back and glad to involve you in the conversation at 1-866-55-press is whether or not the republicans, they were listening but did they hear
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anything? or maybe the other way around. they heard it but did they really listen. and is the president going to follow through now with a set of actions. that's his words. 1-866-55-press is the toll free number. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." converstion started next. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. desmond tutu said a quote that is one of my favorite quotes. "we are tied together in a web of humanity. i am a person only through you.
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>> announcer: the parting shot with bill press. this is the "bill press show." >> bill: hey and on this tuesday, january 22nd, my parting shot for today are you know most inaugural addresses are not very memorable and the second inaugurals are even less so. but yesterday's address by president obama will be the big exception. people always ask what do liberals really stand for. sometimes liberals have a hard time explaining that. but no longer. for generations to come, president obama's second inaugural address will stand as a liberal manifesto telling the world what liberals stand for and why. what we believe as liberals is very straightforward, obama noted. it's rooted in the very words of the constitution that all men and women are created equal and endowed by our creators with
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equal rights. our mission as liberals, said obama is not to rest until that basic principle is made real for all americans rich and poor, young and older male and female gay and straight, no matter the color of their skin or the faith that you practice. as liberals, the president said our very special mission is to extend that constitutional guarantee of equal rights and opportunity to the disadvantaged among us. in sum president obama told the world that liberals are the true defenders of the constitution. i don't know about you but it made me proud! all over again. to be a liberal. mr. president, thank you. and congratulations. that's it for today folks. tuesday, take it easy. come on back and see us right
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